Despite being a middle-income country with sufficient resources to support children’s education, many Filipino children miss out on opportunities to learn. The number of children accessing education, the quality of education they receive, and the condition of their learning environment are causes for concern.
Only half of children 3 to 4 years old are enrolled in day care, and only 78 per cent complete basic education.
Many schools do not have toilets and clean water. The number of children out of school has reached 2.8 million.
Because of low investment over the past decade, outdated teaching methods and limited attention to the development of children’s social and emotional skills, Filipino children lag behind. This situation is worse for vulnerable children, including indigenous children and children living with disabilities.